Did you know that periodontal disease can be linked to more serious problems, such as heart disease? Fortunately, early gum disease, or gingivitis, is easy to prevent with good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If gum disease has advanced into periodontitis, more vigorous therapy is needed.
Risk Factors for Periodontal Disease
Several factors increase your risk of contracting gum disease, or periodontal disease, including the following:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco on a regular basis.
- Dental bridges that don’t fit.
- Having crooked teeth.
- Fillings that are old and starting to deteriorate.
- Taking certain medications, including steroids, epilepsy drugs, calcium channel blockers, oral contraceptives, and some cancer therapy drugs.
What Are The Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Anyone can develop gum disease, which is why it’s important to visit the dentist and to know the symptoms. The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss.
- Persistent bad breath.
- Swelling of the gums.
- A receding gum line, or gums that start to pull away from the teeth.
- Loose permanent teeth.
- A change in your bite or the way your teeth fit together.
- A change in the way your dentures fit.
- Pus in places between your gums and your teeth.
If you have one or more of these symptoms, make an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our team can talk to you about your treatment options.
Dangers of Untreated Gum Disease
Untreated periodontal problems can lead to progression of gum disease and potentially bone loss. Long-term, irreversible damage often necessitates dental extraction and replacement using a dental implant. This is why early treatment is critical to long term outcomes. If you have gum disease and seek Brentwood Dental Designs’ specialized care early on, we can reduce your long term risk of tooth loss and other problems threatening your oral health.
Gum Disease Treatment
Our first option is called “scaling and root planing,” a process that utilizes an ultrasonic cleaning tool to remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach areas underneath the gum line.
After the cleaning, the teeth are smoothed out to make it harder for bacteria to live on the surface. We encourage our patients to continue to take care of their teeth after the procedure to ensure the gum disease doesn’t return.
On top of ultrasonic cleaning, our office provides a number of excellent periodontal disease treatment technologies:
- OralDNA | There are many different types of bacteria that we encounter every day. Some are helpful and some are harmful. With OralDNA, we are able to pinpoint which types of bacteria are prevalent in your mouth, and customize your periodontal treatments accordingly.
- CO2 Laser | CO2 lasers are soft tissue tools that can be used to safely and precisely deal with damaged tissue that has resulted from untreated gum disease. Laser dentistry has been effectively used in dental procedures for decades, and are an amazing tool in periodontal treatment.
- Ozone Therapy | Ozone—a molecule with three Oxygens instead of two—has been shown to have antimicrobial effects. Treatments with ozone can clean your mouth of harmful bacteria, fungi, and even some types of virus, allowing your gums a chance to heal.
- Phase Contrast | Phase contrast microscopy is invaluable in our study of periodontics. Due to the way this equipment adjusts the light that shines through specimens, we are able to better see—and therefore more accurately diagnose and treat—exactly what bacteria are affecting the inside your mouth.
In keeping with our commitment to whole health dentistry, we strive to use treatments that will have a positive effect on your overall health, which is why we are pleased to offer these non-surgical treatments for a disease that can impact your entire body.
These technologies give us the opportunity to treat your periodontal disease without resorting to surgery, which can be both frightening and stressful. With a more integrative approach to treatment, your time with us is less stressful which leads to a happier and healthier you.
Contact Our Office Serving Rye and Exeter, New Hampshire Today!
Don’t wait to get treated for gum disease – our Exeter dental team cares about your health and can provide exceptional gum disease treatment. Contact our office today! We want to resolve your gum disease as soon as possible.